5 Mets players still on the roster who will be non-tendered

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3) Tim Locastro

I like Tim Locastro a lot. He's a hit-by-pitch magnet and obviously has tremendous speed. He even showed a little bit with the bat down the stretch when given an opportunity to play. With that being said, he's just not good enough to justify keeping around for over the league minimum when there are plenty of speedsters out there in search of any kind of contract.

Locastro began the year on the Mets Opening Day roster, forcing his way on after a hot Spring Training. He started just two of the 11 games he appeared in during the month of April but had some value off the bench as a pinch runner. He wound up going on the IL early on this season and missed four months with back and thumb injuries.

Locastro returned to the Mets in mid-August and saw fairly consistent playing time against lefties. Despite his chances, Locastro had just a .583 OPS in 48 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. He was much better in more limited opportunities against righties.

The Locastro decision is quite simple. If the Mets want a speedster off the bench that will primarily be used as a runner, they can find one for cheaper than Locastro. If they want one that can do more than just run, Locastro is not that guy. There really isn't a reason he wouldn't be non-tendered.